The University of Nottingham is combining its expertise with world-class Swedish institution Lund University to collaborate on four research projects.
The projects bring together research expertise and specialist research facilities at both universities, including Lund’s MAX-IV facility, the most advanced synchrotron radiation facility ever built and part of the massive European research infrastructure.
Spanning areas in chemistry, physics and psychology, the research collaboration will take the form of staff and postgraduate visits, and specialist equipment purchase. The projects draw on long-established and strong links with key industries in Sweden and the UK, and they will prepare the ground for large-scale applications for external funding under Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme.
Both universities have committed pump-priming funding to the projects, which will strengthen existing ties between the two institutions. In 2013, the University of Nottingham entered into its first large-scale European partnership with Lund in southern Sweden. Both are members of Universitas 21, an international group of research-intensive universities promoting staff and student mobility between institutions.
Principal investigators at Nottingham and Lund are:
Dr Elizabeth Gibson and Professor Tönu Pullerits Chemistry: high efficiency solid-state solar cells
Professor Steve Howdle and Professor Charlotta Turner Chemistry: faster and greener processes for production of superhydrophobic surfaces
A senior Lund delegation, led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Eva Wiberg, was in Nottingham in March 2014 to share information on doctoral education. Professor Wiberg commented during her visit: “The collaboration with Nottingham strengthens both universities’ research profiles in key areas, and l look forward to further collaborations in postgraduate education and possible joint applications within Erasmus+ [the EU education programme].”
Professor Roger Woods, Assistant Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Europe), University of Nottingham, said: “Our close relationship with Lund has already produced a large number of joint publications and is now extending to comparing notes on how we organise key areas of our business. Our successful collaboration shows the benefits of concentrating our efforts on building strong partnerships with the best universities in Europe.”